Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer - Surgery
Surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy) is
the most common treatment for
endometrial cancer. Surgery has the highest cure
rate of all treatments for endometrial cancer.
Along with the uterus (and cervix), the surgeon also removes the
fallopian tubes, ovaries, and often the
pelvic lymph nodes . Everything is then examined to find out the extent of the cancer and
to help plan your treatment. If there are signs that more
aggressive cancer still may be in the lymph system, more lymph nodes may be removed.
What to think about
Most women have their ovaries removed after a
diagnosis of endometrial cancer. This is to make sure the cancer has not spread to the
ovaries, to reduce the production of
estrogen, and to slow cancer growth.
If you're still in your childbearing years, a hysterectomy means that pregnancy will no
longer be possible and that your menstrual periods will end. The hormonal changes of menopause will begin as soon as your ovaries are
removed. For more information, see the topic
Menopause and Perimenopause.